Hiring and Retaining Qualified Staff Is Not Mission Impossible

Katherine Falon
Senior State Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching,& Learning

Are you having trouble finding and keeping dedicated, enthusiastic, and well-prepared staff members? Do you feel stumped about how to find great teachers, and what you can do to keep them? In this webinar, Katherine Falen will provide walk with you through an overview of some of your biggest staffing challenges, and some ideas for overcoming those challenges. This webinar will unique approaches to recruitment, screening, and retention practices that will help improve your odds of making what seems impossible possible.

You will leave this session empowered with new strategies for:

• Recruiting, screening, and hiring.
• Keeping staff members engaged and invested in their jobs
• Discovering valuable staff development resources

All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

OHS Head Start Program Performance Standards Talk

Webinar, February 15, 2017 2–3:30 p.m. EST

Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) in this conversation about the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). This webcast is part of a grantee series to help grantees understand and implement the standards released in 2016.

Join us this month to discuss family and community engagement. Learn more about how family engagement is woven throughout the HSPPS, with a particular focus on:

  • Education and child development
  • Family and community engagement
  • Transitions
  • Enrolled pregnant women
  • Human Resources management

Before the webcast, please read HSPPS section Family and Community Engagement Program Services, 45 CFR § 1302 Subpart E. We will also discuss sections Transition Services, 45 CFR § 1302 Subpart G; Services to Enrolled Pregnant Women, 45 CFR § 1302 Subpart H; and Human Resources Management, 45 CFR § 1302 Subpart I.

Who Should Participate?

The webcast will benefit an array of audience members, including Head Start and Early Head Start executive leadership, program directors, managers, and staff members. Please call in with other colleagues in your organization where possible.

How to Register

Select the link to register: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1125887

This registration is only valid for the webcast on Feb. 15.

Space is limited. Sign up today to attend the session from your office or conference room. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join. The webcast will be accessible via computer, tablet, and other Internet-connected devices. Phone access is available for those requiring alternative accommodations. Send an email to webcasts@hsicc.org to receive telephone access.

Save the Date!

Register early for next month’s OHS HSPPS Talk on Wednesday, March 15, 2017: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1125888

Did You Miss One?Watch previous OHS HSSPS Talks on-demand on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) at https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/presenting/webcast.Questions?Send your questions to webcasts@hsicc.org.


Education Coordinators Webinar Series: Practice-Based Coaching Overview

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 3–4 p.m. EST

Join the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) for the Education Coordinator Webinar Series. In this episode, review the basics of Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) and discuss implementation considerations for education coordinators. Review strategies for both implementation and for supporting coaches.

Topics for the webinar include:

  • What education coordinators need to know about PBC
  • What to take into account before and during PBC implementation
  • Resources to support education coordinators and coaches during PBC implementation
  • What coaches will learn during the PBC Institute

Who Should Participate?

This webinar will benefit Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care education coordinators who are: considering implementing PBC and need more information on PBC and supports for coaches; implementing PBC and would benefit from a review of PBC and implementation considerations; and working with program leadership who are identifying staff to attend their Region’s PBC Institute.

Viewing the Webinar

Select the link to register: https://zerotothree.adobeconnect.com/e11ypnbo59p/event/registration.html

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for the next  Education Coordinators webinar on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST.


If you have questions, contact NCECDTL at ecdtl@ecetta.info or call (toll-free) at 1-844-261-3752.


Helping Families and Staff Maximize Tax Credits

Thursday 26 January 2017, 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM

Tax credits for the working poor lift more families out of poverty annually than any other poverty-reduction effort. Join us for a discussion about tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and how to help ensure families claim all tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. Learn how to connect families with free tax services This webinar is part of the Building Foundations for Economic Mobility Webinar SeriesTopics Include:

  • Locating local free tax preparation services in your program’s area
  • Exploring available resources for beginning partnerships or delivering tax preparation services on-site
  • Using effective approaches for tax preparation to encourage financial goal-setting with families and staff

                    Register Now                       

Source: National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Available at: https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1092484587/en/events/event/shared/1578361213/event_landing.html?sco-id=1578386297


Registration Opens for the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute

The National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute is one of the premier educational opportunities for anyone involved in the care and education of young children with special needs in inclusive settings.

The Keynote Address
Janice Fialka (left)–parent, poet, a compelling storyteller, and an award-winning advocate for families and persons with disabilities–will present the 2017 Keynote address. She is a nationally-recognized speaker, author, and advocate on issues related to disability, parent-professional partnerships, inclusion, and raising a child with disabilities.

Her newest book, What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community, and Love chronicles her son Micah’s journey of living a fully inclusive life. Special education pioneer Ann P. Turnbull said of it: “If I could recommend a single book about family life and disability to families and professionals alike, hands down, it is this one.”

The Popular Federal Plenary Session
Federal panelists return to share new information on early childhood policies and initiatives related to inclusion and to supporting children with disabilities and their families. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and share their perspectives with the panelists.

A Movie-Maker and Her Brother
Two years ago, Jenna Kanell made the short award-winning romantic comedy Bumblebees about her younger brother, Vance, who has autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Using the film and Vance’s story, this year’s Family Plenary session will explore the role of early interventionists in supporting the entire family of a child with special needs, from the perspective of a sibling, parent, and the 20-year-old subject of the film himself. We will discuss the many ways that early interventionists provide hope to families when they need it the most, and how they prepare families for a future filled with amazing possibilities.

Dozens of world-class experts, dozens of groundbreaking sessions, free courses for CEUs—and an enduring impact.
For over 15 years, the Inclusion Institute has drawn people from across the country and around the globe to Chapel Hill to learn about the latest research findings, models, and resources to guide inclusive policy, professional development and practice; to develop collaborative relationships and cross-agency systems to support early childhood inclusion; and to have the opportunity to meet, learn from and problem solve with peers.

Read the 2016 Inclusion Institute Summary Report.

Keeping All of Us Healthy Why We Value Physical Activity and Nutrition in Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education Innovations Series Audio Conference:
January 10, 2017
8:00 to 8:45 pm ET
7:00 to 7:45 pm CT
6:00 to 6:45 pm MT
5:00 to 5:45 pm PT

Why is it important for you to help children stay physically active and well nourished?

Join this webinar to learn more about why healthy eating and physical activity is important for the children in your program. Panelists will discuss important topics including:

  • Feeding infants
  • Helping families obtain healthy and culturally appropriate food
  • Giving children safe spaces to play
  • Providing positive adult examples

Facilitator: Emily Keenum
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation

– Mona Liza Hamlin, Nemours
– Christine Twait, Partners in Nutrition
– Dianne Stanton Ward, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Who Should Participate?
This webinar is designed for early care and education providers including teachers, administrators, and family child care providers working with children from birth to five and their families.

Do you have questions?
If you have questions about healthy eating and physical activity, please send them to a_l_schwartz@yahoo.com with the subject header “Question for the Keeping All of Us Healthy Webinar”. We will answer as many questions as we can during the webinar.

How to Register:
Go to: https://nemours.webex.com/nemours/j.php?MTID=m1690099263d99ab3c6420fa4c066cade and complete the form to register for this audio conference. Presentation materials will be sent with a reminder on the day of the session.

Sponsored by Healthy Kids, Healthy Future.

Convened by the Early Care and Education Innovation Collaborative, an ad hoc activity associated with the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Create a Culture of Acceptance and Kindness in a Challenging World: It all Starts in Your Early Childhood Program

2 – 3:30pm ET

Presenter: Jacky Howell

In a time where there seems to be many negative messages in the media and beyond, we in early childhood programs experience the effects on young children.  This webinar will share a variety of ideas and strategies to use in your programs that embrace a culture of acceptance and kindness.


  • Description and examples will be given defining a classroom that embraces a culture of acceptance and kindness.
  • Concrete strategies and ideas will be shared that participants can bring back to use in their settings.
  • Opportunity will be provided for question/answer.

Source: Early Childhood Webinars

Register at: http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/presentations/create-culture-acceptance-kindness-challenging-world-starts-early-childhood-program-jacky-howell/


Webinar on Introducing the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on Tuesday, December 20, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time [ET]) to introduce the new National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development (NCTECD). NCTECD is funded by the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to assist American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grantees with the implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, including the promotion of early childhood (EC) program best practices and effective EC systems in AI/AN communities.

During this webinar, Melody Redbird-Post, the NCTECD Project Director, will provide an overview of NCTECD, its staff, and upcoming T/TA opportunities. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions and answers. If you would like to participate in the introductory webinar on December 20 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET), please register via this Web link.

NCTECD will also host virtual listening sessions in January 2017. During the listening sessions, we hope to gather your input on T/TA priorities for AI/AN CCDF grantees. Please look for an e-mail invitation in the near future.

We hope that you can join the introductory webinar and upcoming listening sessions, and we look forward to working with all of you on behalf of children and families!


What the work is all about: A Presentation from the U.S. Department of Education


US Dept. of Education

Dear Friend — 


Throughout the last eight years, a lot of good work has been done in schools and communities across the country. 

High school graduation rates are at an all-time high (83 percent!), and the dropout rate has decreased—with all groups making progress, and students of color closing gaps. But the work is far from over. 

Join us at 10 am ET and watch live as Secretary King lays out his vision for the future of public education.


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As part of the Opportunity Across America Tour, we have crisscrossed the country this year promoting equity and excellence, supporting and lifting up the teaching profession, and giving more students access to earn an affordable degree with real value. 

That’s what our work is all about, ensuring a brighter future for our country. We hope you’ll join us this morning and help us spread the message far and wide.

Together, we will continue to advocate for our nation’s most vulnerable students and ensure that all students get an opportunity to be successful.


From your friends at the U.S. Department of Education

Webinar: Boosting Your Program’s Bottom Line: Ideas for Differentiation and New Revenue Streams

January 24, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm ET

Let’s face it: Quality early childhood programs are expensive to operate, and the competition for enrollment can be fierce. We’re always looking for new ideas to boost our program’s revenue and make our program stand out from the crowd. Child care marketing genius, Kris Murray, will join us to help you learn the ingenuity you need to earn additional revenue and differentiate your program with solutions families will crave.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to define your program’s “key value differentiators” to attract more families to your program;
  • How to identify additional products and services that will bring in more revenue than tuition and other funding without “fundraising”,
  • Strategies for launching your new products and services;
  • How to locate resources to support your new revenue boosting campaigns.

All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recording, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

Only 1,000 people at one time can attend our webinars, but registration often tops 4,000. Only the first 1,000 people to click the link to attend the webinar will be able to get in. We start the webinars 30 minutes in advance of the start time. Arrive early to make sure you get in.

Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.

You can earn .2 CEUs for each webinar. The cost is $15 paid to University of Oklahoma online when you apply. Learn more here: Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of Oklahoma